Preston County Sheriff: It's One Of The Worst Cases Of Animal Abuse I've Ever Seen
Written by Andrew Forgotch
Last updated on November 19, 2012 @ 6:40PM
Created on November 19, 2012 @ 1:05PM
Preston County Sheriff, Jim Fields said it's one of the biggest cases of animal cruelty he's ever seen.
That's because officers from his department had to take more than 70 animals from a home there after they found them under fed and living in filth.
George Moats Jr., Terry Bennett, Richard Moats, and Tonya Moats are each facing 68 counts of animal abuse.
Investigators went to a home in Rowlesburg on Friday, and that's when they found the animals.
Police said when they found them most of them were sick and starving.
Detectives said the conditions at the house were so bad that the animals were eating each other's vomit just to survive.
Those animals included 29 dogs, 14 cats, 5 Guiana Pigs, 2 pot belly pigs, 20 chickens, and a goat.
They've been taken to the Preston County Animal Shelter, and they'll eventually be put for adoption.
Officials are looking for some donations to help with some of their medical costs.
Donations for the animals can be made to Cheat Lake Animal Hospital c/o Preston County Animal Shelter Fund. Their number is (304) 594-1124.
Supplies can also be donated to the shelter. That's located at 278 Poor Farm Rd, Kingwood. Their number is (304) 329-3461.
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